Norma Garment attended a very special morning tea last week in her honour. She was recognised for her outstanding commitment to teaching Special Religious Education (formerly School Scripture) for 50 years. She started in Bourke in 1974 and later moved to Parkes teaching a lesson at all three primary schools each week. At her retirement morning tea last week she said every week was a highlight. Her main message to children is easily summed up in two songs she always taught: Jesus Loves Me and Love And Care For One Another.
Being good mates is the simple secret Kath and Keith Hutchison have lived by for 72 years.
The Parkes couple were married on 26th June 1948 in Hanwood just outside Griffith. Last Friday they celebrated their extraordinary milestone with their two children Michael Hutchison and Sherree Rosser.
“You’ve got to be good mates, work together and help each other,” said 96-year-old Kath gently touching her 94-year-old husband’s hand. “It’s all just common sense.”
Kath clearly remembers seeing Keith for the first time at the St Patrick’s night dance at the Palais in Griffith. “All the girls and blokes used to go and there was this new bloke in town. He was all dressed up with shiny shoes… he still has a fetish about shiny shoes today,” Kath said pointing to his polished black shoes.
Keith left school at 15 to join the railway, and he had just started working in Griffith. He noticed Kath too, and she liked it that he had a decent job, “so it just went on from there”.
Keith worked 45 years on the railway and the couple moved all over NSW, but they ended up spending 36 years in Narromine where Keith also worked for Grain Corp after he retired. This is also where Kath found her passion for real estate and loved selling houses for 27 years.
“It’s been a wonderful life travelling around the countryside and meeting so many people,” said Kath. “In those days nobody wanted to fall out with the station master as he was a vital link in keeping everything running.”
Although they were always far from family, there were always people willing to help out with the children. “It was not so much about material possessions and more about family and taking care of each other. And everybody went everywhere on their push bikes. There were not many cars around.”
In later years when the children had left, Kath and Keith discovered the joys of caravanning all over Australia. There were so many good spots, but they did start a tradition of going back to Yamba in northern NSW every year for 27 years.
They might not be travelling much these days, but relish the time they spend with their two children, eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. This brings them endless joy and pride. “We have raised two excellent children.”
By Maggi Barnard
Driver Testing Update: From 1st July 2020, driver testing bookings will be open to all customers across NSW. You will be able to book online, by phone or in person from this date. Service NSW are anticipating a high demand for the service and have currently been prioritising customers who had a test cancelled due to COVID-19. If you had a test that was cancelled, you’ll be contacted by the Service Centre to re-book. Alternatively, you can attend your local service centre, or call 13 22 13. For more information, visit: www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/driver-testing-and-covid-19
COVID-19 Testing at Parkes: All residents in the Parkes Shire are encouraged to book a COVID-19 test if they currently have, or have recently had any of the following symptoms: fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, and cough. To book an appointment time contact the Parkes COVID-19 testing clinic by calling 6861 2455 between 7:30am and 4pm Monday to Friday. For any concerns outside these hours please contact Healthdirect 1800 022 222, Western Public Health Helpline 1300 066 055 or Emergencies 000
Shooting Sports Back in Action: All shooting sports have now recommenced in Parkes, Forbes and Eugowra after being shut down since March due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Meetings are held every Sunday at the Shooting Range in Parkes and Eugowra. For more information contact Parkes Gun Club and Sporting Shooters Association 6862 1969.
Blood Donations ‘Essential’: Every week Australia needs 29,000 blood donations. Take a life-saving leap and donate now. To make an appointment online visit www.donateblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.
It’s time to press play for fun in Parkes these school holidays: While a number of tourism operators are still on the road to reopening, the popular CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope and Henry Parkes Centre museums will re-open to the public on Saturday, 4 July – just in time for the school holidays.
“Ahead of the July school holidays, we’ve put together a jampacked itinerary, full of free and fun activities to keep the whole family entertained in Parkes Shire,” said Cr Ken Keith OAM, Mayor of Parkes Shire. “Explore the wide-open spaces, iconic attractions, quirky experiences, engaging play areas and the fabulous local eateries and shopping outlets.”
Download the Press Play itinerary from the Visit Parkes website to take advantage of the school holiday special offers, visitparkes.com.au/whats-on/school-holidays/.
It will soon be school holidays, and with life slowing returning after months of lock- down, more places are opening up to visit.
The CSIRO Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre and the Dish Café will be re-opening to visitors on Saturday, 4 July. The Dish will be open seven days per week, and opening hours will be 8:30am to 4:15pm.
In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. In order for you to be able to safely explore the centre visitors will be asked to practice good hygiene and social distancing to reduce the risk of spread of Coronavirus in the community.
Government and CSIRO regulations and risk mitigation strategies include:
• Please stay outside if you are feeling unwell or have any cold symptoms.
• Visitor numbers will be limited to no more than 50 people inside at any given time.
• A limited number of people will be permitted in the 3D theatre to meet socialvdistancing regulations.
• Hand sanitiser has been placed in various locations, please make sure that you make use of this during your visit.
For more information, please go to www.csiro.au/parkes. The iconic Parkes radio telescope will be re-opening on 4 July, just in time for the school holidays.
Wearing her great pop’s colours, 16-year old Laura Rusten won her very first harness racing event earlier this month with her favourite horse Jaytees Hat.
“I had a good feeling racing in Parkes again after the COVID-19 restrictions, but it was very exciting to actually win.”
Although Laura started driving when she was 14, she was only allowed to obtain her racing licence in November last year at 16. She did her first race in March in Bathurst.
“It is all about judgement in a race,” says Laura. “You have to make on the spot, split second decisions. As you are moving so fast, the adrenaline is pumping. I never feel the cold in winter.”
As a fourth-generation driver in her family and her dad as her trainer, she is among very few female, school-aged drivers in the sport. “Although I am in the minority, everyone is very nice and polite, and treat me as an equal.”
At the moment Laura only considers harness racing a hobby. She has always been around horses and does the “whole lot”, but loves riding and would probably like to be a horse trainer one day.
When she lined up in Parkes with ten other competitors, Laura could not help but think about the day in November 2016 when she was riding at home and her horse fell over. She ended up in Westmead Hospital in a coma for five days, and it was six months until she could get on a horse again.
By Maggi Barnard
Last week VERTO made the exciting announcement that its Lachlan Disability Employment Services team was awarded a five-star rating by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services.
The Australian Government’s Disability Employment Service Program aims to assist people with illness, injury or disability to find and maintain employment. To gain a five-star rating, service providers are assessed on how successful they are in placing participants in sustainable, long-term employment or education. The star ratings system allows both employers and participants to help them chose the right service provider for them.
Ratings assess two of three performance indicators, the first of which measures the efficiency of a service provider, by looking at the average time it takes for providers to achieve employment outcomes for their participants. The second measures the effectiveness of service providers in how many outcomes are achieved for individual clients, including maintaining participants in employment where they may need assistance.
VERTO chief operating officer, Alyssa Bennett, said the Lachlan area, which includes four locations – Forbes, Parkes, West Wyalong and Condobolin – had received a five-star rating, the highest possible ranking from an independent Australian Government assessment.
“The VERTO Lachlan Disability Employment Services team does an outstanding job of assisting local job seekers to find and maintain employment,” Alyssa said.
“The five star rating is indicative of our commitment, dedication, and ongoing reliability in helping the Lachlan community, and ensures that those with illness, injury or disability looking for employment will have the chance to find and maintain meaningful work.”
For more information about VERTO’s specialised Disability Employment Services employment assistance, visit www.verto.org.au or phone 1300 483 786.
A lot of individuals become uncertain with what they can and can’t claim at tax time, and this year will be very different given the COVID-19 pandemic.
It can often be a very time consuming and frustrating time, so you can always reach out and ask the professionals such as Peter Woods and Associates, David Bicket, Ward and Associates or MD Trimmer right here in Parkes for advice.
Tax planning should be customised to individual needs, and should be undertaken with the assistance of an expert. When planning now you should certainly consider strategies available specifically for Small Business Entities, such as the immediate write off deductions for capital items, and bringing forward expenses into the 2020/2021 financial year. Other tools to discuss with your accountant or advisor include the use of Superannuation Contributions as a deduction or Farm Management Deposits as a strategy.
This time of year is also ideal for planning and forecasting for the new financial year. Professionals can refine the process of identifying both the goals and the concerns of clients, and work with them to map a plan for the coming years. This includes a cash flow forecast and projected Profit and Loss, and is ideally revisited regularly through the new financial year. Planning and measuring performance are essential for reaching your personal and business goals.
The sooner you get in touch with the experts, the sooner you can lighten your load.
With the end of the financial year just around the corner, now is a great time to evaluate if there are any minor repairs or maintenance needed at your investment property.
This may include tasks that you have been putting off that may need doing annually. Some of these tasks include general repairs, painting, pest treatments, gutter cleaning, or annual yard maintenance.
These are things that landlords may be able to claim on tax and will also be beneficial for maintaining your property and ensuring its value in the long run.
Are you claiming depreciation on your investment property? If not, now may also be a good time to have an assessment done from a tax depreciation specialist. Depreciation is the natural wear and tear of a building and its assets over time. The Australian Tax Office allows owners of income producing properties to claim this depreciation as a tax deduction. Century 21 Central West can arrange this service on your behalf.
At Century 21 Central West, we suggest these tasks to landlords throughout the year, usually after a routine inspection of an investment property has been done. For landlords who wish to have an assessment from a tax deduction specialist, it is as simple as letting Century 21 Central West know when, so that Tara Kelly and her team can do all of the hard work for you!
If you would like to find out more on how we can manage your investment property to its full potential, please contact the Century 21 Central West team today – 02 6852 3793 or Tara Kelly 0418 465 407.
The Parkes P A & H Association advised last week that due to the uncertainty around the rules and regulations of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Parkes Show has unfortunately been cancelled.
The show was scheduled to be held from Monday, 31 August to Wednesday, 2 September however the committee believe the cancellation is in the best interest of the community at this time.
“To all of our valued sponsors, volunteers and stewards, thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to working with you all to make our Parkes Show in 2021 even greater,” said Peter Unger, Parkes P A & H President.
There are also some major works currently taking place at the showground with the Luncheon Room & Grandstand receiving a face lift as well as the construction of a new Animal Nursery also taking place.
These works are happening with Public Works NSW through the funding that was received from the Federal Government. It would have been a race to have all these works completed by show time.
We look forward to celebrating the 140th Parkes Show in 2021 when it returns better than ever with all the new upgrades to the showground.
Jim Bailey was the first runner to break the four-minute mile on American soil. He was also a one-time resident of Parkes – his father Patrick Joseph Bailey being the health inspector for Parkes Municipal Council from 1930-1940.
By age 19 he tied for first in the 880 yards at the 1949 Australian Championships with David White. In 1951 Bailey was national champion outright in 880 yards. It was his first time on the new cinders track in Melbourne which he found harsh. The French miler, Michel Clare, invited Bailey to train and compete in Europe where cinders tracks were the norm. The harsh winters were tough; Bailey returned to Australia in 1952 out of form, finishing second but missing out on the sole Olympic Games spot in 880 yards.
Injury meant Bailey missed the Vancouver Empire Games 880 yards final and the “Miracle Mile” won by UK’s Roger Bannister with Australian John Landy second. Bailey moved to USA and trained with Bill Bowerman at University of Oregon. He was invited to the blockbuster mile race in LA Memorial Coliseum where experts hoped for the first sub-four-minute mile on American soil. Bailey triumphed in an amazing race, beating the two favourites Roger Delany and Landy. Sadly, Australian media turned on Bailey for beating their “darling” Landy, and the Australian public did the same. Bailey was booed in Melbourne at the Olympic trials. Bailey and Landy were good friends.
Bailey remained in Washington state, never returning to his homeland. While the media portrayed him as a “villain”, Bellingham locals knew him as a generous man.
Bailey donated $100,000 to the Assumption Catholic School Foundation and regularly offered transport to the elderly within his community.
He died on 31st March 2020. Jim is survived by seven children from his first wife and one sister.
By Dan Fredericks